ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg has been putting together his list of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the upcoming season. Topping his list was Adrian Clayborn from Iowa, but the Badgers were well represented.
John Clay was the highest Badger on the list as he was ranked the 4th best player in the Big 10, and the top Offensive Player in the conference. Clay the Offensive Player of the Year a year ago as a Sophomore is starting to get the attention I’ve been talking about over the past month or so.
Other Badgers to make the list were: DE J.J. Watt got the list started as he was pegged as the 25th best player in the Big Ten, next up for the Badgers was QB Scott Tolzien who came in 19th and ranked as the 3rd best QB in the conference, coming in at #16 was last years Freshman of the Year LB Chris Borland who like Tolzien is pegged as the 3rd best at his position, cracking the top 15 one spot ahead of Borland was Senior OL John Moffitt who was ranked as the 4th best OL in Rittenberg’s list, and the last Badger before getting to Clay was in the #11 spot OL Gabe Carimi who is picked as the 3rd best OL in the conference.
The Carimi ranking is the only ranking I have an issue with, I think if you take a poll through out the Big Ten Gabe will be the pick as the best OL in the conference, and I’d take it one step further and put him in the top 5 out of all players, I understand that it’s hard for OL to get the respect the deserve, but he’s the best thing on the plus side of 300 lbs since Joe Thomas, and I feel by the end of the season everyone will notice him even more than they already do.